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2013.04.20 Weigh In

Saturday, April 20, 2013

So this week went well exercise wise. Eating wasn’t bad but not great but ate less Junk food than usual. Because my core needs the most improvement, I plan to be a little more religious about Pilates and a little more catch-as-catch can with cardio and upper/lower strength. So here are the numbers (Weight @ Bodyfat %)

Goal Weight: 195 @ 15%
Jan 1weight: 217.8 @ 25%
Last Week: 214.6 @ 23%

This week (drumroll……………)
214.4 @ 23% (-0.2)

Was hoping for more but will take what I get. A lot of strength/core training this week. Maybe it’s muscle (my scale does a bad job with BF%). My 38 jeans still fit better than four months ago.

This week I blitz the vegetables and try more cardio. Hoping for a better loss this week.

-TD Out!

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NEELIXNKES 4/26/2013 10:04AM

    emoticon Little by little it will come off. Going in the right direction is the most important thing! Keep pushing forward!

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FITGRL124 4/20/2013 12:22PM


A loss is a loss and you're doing a great job being back at this! :)

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MEADSBAY 4/20/2013 10:05AM

Chipping away at it.
(still seeing some gibberish)

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CANDEE412 4/20/2013 7:00AM

    Good job. One day at a time.

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2013 New Year’s Resolution I

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I’ve set 3 health/diet related New Year’s resolutions this year. One of them nutritional two of them are exercise related. Because a dear SparkFriend (all of whom I love very much) has asked about my vegetable intake, I will talk about and give status on the nutrition one first.

Resolution I: Increase vegetables to three a day.

This is not some nebulous “I’m going to eat more vegetables”. Neither is it a religious “I’m going to eat 3-5 vegetables a day every day for the entire rest of the year”.

No, here is the plan.

In January, I started with the goal of 35 vegetables for the month. About one a day.
For every month that I make my goal, I increase the goal next month by 5. If I don’t, I keep that goal for next month and try again.

My score will be based on how many times I miss throughout the year and whether I make the goal in December.
-I make my goal every month it will be 90.
-If I miss a couple of months and make goal in December it will be 80.
-If I miss a couple of months and then don’t make goal in December it will be 75.
-If I make it every month except December it will be 85.

My three levels of goals are:
-Bronze: 70-75
-Silver: 80-85
-Gold: 90 (every month)

My SparkFriends who have known me a while will tell you that Bronze is nothing to sneeze at for me given my propensity or lack thereof to eat vegetables.

Currently, I’ve hit my goals for January(35), February(40) and March(45). April will be a struggle but I’ll make it happen.

Wish me luck.

-TD Out!

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MEADSBAY 4/17/2013 8:52PM

    Have you been invaded by a virus or something?
I can read your blog but it's full of weird symbols which make it a challenge.
Good luck anyway.

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2013.04.13: First Weekly Weigh-in In a While

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Goal Weight: 195
Goal BF%: 15%

Beginning weight 2013: 217.8
Beginning BF% 2013: 25%

This Week: 214.6@23%
(-03.2 & 2%) down
(-19.6 & 8%) to go

Ate a large lunch out yesterday. Next week will probably be close to 210 (probably 3-4 pounds).

I'm a few pounds from getting rid of my two largest pairs of jeans. They just don't fit right anymore. The pair of jeans that was the tightest wearable one now fits well. I'm consistently one notch tighter on my belt than three months ago.

We're making progress :)

- TD Out!

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MEADSBAY 4/15/2013 10:05AM

When you put your mind to it, you sure can get it done!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/14/2013 12:00PM

    Great job!

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PICKIE98 4/14/2013 7:48AM

    Slowly I turned, inch by inch...... you are doing it, slowly. Niagara Falls....

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STESSOUTCHICK 4/13/2013 7:43PM

    and I thought I was bad. maybe not

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FITGRL124 4/13/2013 7:05PM

    Yes - you are making progress!

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AKELAZ 4/13/2013 9:13AM

    Love belt notches!!! They tell us so much.
Love progress too so congrats and emoticon emoticon

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Trentdreamer is BACK!! And BACKIER than EVER!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

OK, so despite a long 6-10 blog discussion with my motivation back at the end of 2011, Things did not go very well last year. To sum it up, 2012 was one of my worst years ever. And by "ever", I mean "ever ever" (*). One setback, annoyance, frustration after another

You name it. Things like:
- Eviction from apartment by landlord.
- Problems at work
- Unwanted friends making their untimely reappearance.
- Email account getting hacked and used for spam
- Christmas wishes from a quacking toy duck

With all of the stresses, my weight shot up from 199 in June to almost 220 by the end of the year.

Though it's been a struggle, last Saturday, I weighed in at 212.8. My exercise has been regular. I set some solid and attainable new years resolutions that I have been keeping to for the past 3 months. My exercise has been consistent and my eating, though, still a struggle, is more nutrient rich. So I can safely say, I'm back (**) on track to my goals.

For those of you who haven't met me yet, thanks for stopping by. My name is Trent. My goal is to reach 195 pounds and 15% body fat. I eat generally healthfully but tend to eat out too much and eat too much sugary foods. Vegetables have been a struggle, but I am addressing that.

This weekend, I will post my first weigh-in blog in a while.

Thanks (***) for reading.

- TD Out!

(*) Don't ask me why using the same word twice makes it more potent in expression. I really don't know (and by "really" I mean "really really")

(**) I don't make said statement lightly. I've seen many sparkfriends who haven't blogged or posted an update in the last 2-3 years. Their last update or blog title reads "I'm back"

(***) And by "Thanks", I mean "Thanks Thanks". OK maybe that one didn't work so well.

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SCRAP317 4/17/2013 6:49PM

    Welcome back dear friend! So glad to see you and know that your head is back in the game - that's most of the battle! Good luck - YOU CAN DO IT! Can't wait to see it happen! emoticon

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JEAN111766 4/12/2013 5:09PM

    Welcome back Trent! I'm a lifer as well... so glad to see you back on line!

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FITGRL124 4/11/2013 8:03PM

    TREEEEEEEEEEENT!! It is so good to hear from you!! Sorry to hear about 2012 being a S**** year but you know what? You're back and it's a new year! I can't wait to work on things together again. I emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/11/2013 6:35PM

    YES!!! It's good to read your words again and see you back in action.
Looking forward to your continued posts and as always support.

I missed you friend.

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AKELAZ 4/11/2013 5:49PM

    Great-Great-Great to see you back - HOORAH!! (x3).

Sorry to hear life has been so hard on you generally. Assume/hope you have somewhere good to live and sorted out your friends and your work.
As for the duck . . . .

Think everyone here knows how tough all this is - we all have your back.

Look forward to your weigh-in blog - really I do - really really - always so motivating.

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MEADSBAY 4/11/2013 3:47PM

    I'm really really glad glad glad to see you back!
This is, sadly, a lifelong struggle for some of us.
Not to discourage you, my friend, but we just have to stick with it and find what works for us and then chip away at it.
Some lucky people just give up a few sweets or chips and walk a few miles a day and the weigh just melts off of them.
We are not members of that Lucky Club.

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DEBBICZ 4/11/2013 2:52PM

    emoticon back back!! Great to have you here again! I look forward to more.

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Blood Pressure and Water Retention

Friday, February 08, 2013

A dear sparkfriend, all of whom I love very much, asked me about blood pressure and water retention. My answer became very long-winded, so I decided to post it in exciting blog form.

There are tons of articles on SP and elsewhere I'm sure. Below is my experience

I'm not a doctor or nutritionist, so please respond to this with any corrections or other advice you might have.

My blood pressure went down BIG TIME when I lost the weight. When I was 250 pounds, eating out 2 times a day (mostly fast food and pizza) and only minimally exercising once or twice a week, my blood pressure was consistently 145/90 (give or take) I measured it every week at the gym.

Now that i exercise regularly and eat better, even having gained a few pounds back. I'm usually around 115/75. Maybe a bit more now, I should go to the drug store with the machine and check it.

I have a friend who is much smaller and leaner than I am and she deals with high blood pressure because she doesn't watch her sodium intake. She eats out a lot and uses a lot of high sodium seasonings and sauces for her food. Salt is a flavor enhancer, so it can be tough to let go.

Stress can be an issue as well. If you are constantly dealing with stress and anxiety, it can add numbers.

As a friend, I would recommend the following:
- Above all, meet with your doctor and talk with them about it. S/he either knows you or could ask the right questions about your lifestyle and advise you accordingly. If it's an actual independent/chronic condition (not a result of lifestyle choices), s/he could catch that. **Be really REALLY careful with this. I know someone who had a stroke. Not fun.**

- Focus on sodium intake. Start with the foods, seasonings and sauces you take in the most consistently and check the labels. Some of the numbers are surprisingly and staggeringly high. If it's a seasoning combo, check for where sodium/salt is on the ingredient list.

- Monitor your anxiety level. The highest BP reading I got was after an extremely stressful day at work. No exercise or sodium and I still hit 154/95 (This was when my readings were consistently 115/75)

Regarding Water Retention:
the only thing that I know of that causes it is sodium,**but I could be really off on this** (definitly check SP articles for this). When I used to weigh myself weekly, I knew that if I ate out the night before weigh-in, the scale was going to read 2 pounds higher than if I hadn't (I recorded my weight as the scale called it, but I knew that two pounds of it was water weight).

I don't know if water retention represents as much of a threat as high blood pressure. It may. I dunno. Your doctor or other Sparkies probably know more about this than I.

Hope that any of this helps.

- TD Out!

p.s. Again, please correct me or add anything else you know that might be helpful. thx.

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STESSOUTCHICK 3/28/2013 9:16PM

    well I will try this

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COMPUCATHY 2/20/2013 9:31PM

    Yep, sounds right on to me. Lower blood pressure is a nice NSV that we get as a result of this healthy journey. And the only time I suffered with water retention was when I was pregnant and they did recommend watching your sodium intake to help it. I think the thing with sodium is, we don't realize how high it is in processed foods...those preservatives really pack a punch! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ROEANDGO 2/11/2013 8:53AM

    Great information!! Thank you for spelling it out for us!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/8/2013 12:29PM

    Hey Friend!

I think your spot on with the blood pressure feedback.

Water retention is a bit tricky as to the cause. Yup, sodium is a huge factor but I have to believe other things contribute too; yet, to list them I'm at a lose.

I've been dealing with extreme water retention for a better part of three weeks. The Mr asked me one morning if I needed to go see a doctor which was perplexing. He was concerned due to my face being visibly swollen and that I couldn't put either of my rings on. I was uncomfortable to say the least. The week before one doctors office ran a few tests and said I was hydrated but had boarder line edema. I've had this happen before without explanation or any that I received from my doctors.

Regardless of my situation we should all be careful about our sodium intake and making sure we are properly hydrated.

A good informative blog.

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